Sunday, May 15, 2016

World Crazy Golf Championships 2016 in Hastings

Are you crazy enough to be championship material?

Entry is now open to anyone who fancies their chances in the 2016 World Crazy Golf Championships. The tournament returns to Hastings, East Sussex - but this year the event is taking place in a new slot in the calendar on the 11th and 12th June, rather than the traditional date in late October.

Emily Gottfried playing hole 1 at Hastings Crazy Golf

The World Crazy Golf Championships are played on the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf and uniquely attracts complete novices and top international players. Everyone is competing for a slice of the £4,500 prize fund - the biggest ever in the competition's history. This year there is a £1,500 prize pot exclusively for novice players.

Richard Gottfried teeing off on the tough second hole at Hastings Crazy Golf

For a shot at the title competitors must beat the windmill and watermill as well as negotiate the bends, twists and ramps on the traditional seaside course.

Emily tackling the traditional Arnold Palmer windmill obstacle in Hastings

Simon Tompkins, of Hastings Adventure Golf, said “The World Crazy Golf Championships are a real highlight in Hastings. Of course there’s fierce competition but it is also a lot of fun – and great for spectators too.”

The overall winner picks up £1,000 and there’s an additional £2,000 prize fund for the top players.

Oxford's Michael Smith, was crowned 2015 champion with an incredible 31 under par result, while the youngest player in last year’s competition was Jessica Pilgrim, aged 10. The Czech Republic’s Olivia Prokopova claimed fourth place and was the only female in the final round.

Check out the video below for action from the last hole in the final of the two-day 2015 World Crazy Golf Championships held on the 18-hole Crazy Golf course at Hastings Adventure Golf on the seafront.

Finland’s Pasi Aho, Sport Director of the World Minigolf Sport Federation, who took second place in 2015 said: “This is one of the key tournaments in the international minigolf calendar. It attracts the attention of major players, but it also provides a platform for rising stars to cut their teeth.”

There are four rounds on Saturday and a further two rounds on Sunday for all players. The final round on Sunday will be contested amongst the top 18 players.

For an entry form please visit the British Minigolf Association website and for more information on the course visit Hastings Adventure Golf's website.

Related blog posts:
- Videos from the 2015 World Crazy Golf Championships
- A look at the Crazy Golf course in Hastings, East Sussex
- Report from the World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings
- World Crazy Golf Championship blog posts

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